Hong Kong, 20 years, then and now – in pictures

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Hong Kong will mark the 20th anniversary of the handover from British to Chinese rule on 1 July 2017. AFP photographer Anthony Wallace takes a look at how the city has changed over those years

Parts of Hong Kong were ceded to Britain in perpetuity as a prize in the wake of the Opium Wars, but the majority of its territory was leased to the UK in 1898 for a period of 99 years.

By the time discussions between the UK and China began over the future of Hong Kong, the parts of the ceded city and those that were leased were entirely integrated.

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